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    It's important to know the history of a teaching so you locate yourself within the "story," and properly move past the misunderstandings that exist within the current paradigm.  Right now we are in a period of swing instruction where the "old school" style of teaching is all but dead, and the "new school" style is the popular way.  In this video, I explain what the old school and new school methods are, how they developed, and why both have major flaws that are effecting your performance at the plate. You may recognize the old school and new school...

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With the recent death of Hank Aaron, it got me thinking about the best pound for pound hitters of all time.  Most people don’t realize that as prodigious a home run hitter as Hank was, he was also, at 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, not a very big guy.  Derek Jeter had three inches and fifteen pounds on Aaron.  Pete Rose had twelve pounds on him.    And yet, as great as these two were, they didn’t even come close to being on Aaron's level.  The difference was in the consistency with which they hit home runs.  Jeter hit a home...

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  Swing instruction in baseball sure is a peculiar little nitch.  What I've observed in my twenty years of working in it, is that if something is novel and neat at the same time, it's likely to get a lot of people implementing it to improve their hitting.  Whether the philosophy behind it makes logical sense doesn't seem to matter as much.  If it's interesting, people seem to automatically assume it's also effective.   The Chuck-It drill in baseball is one of those ideas.  I don't know who started this fad, but it's ruining swings at an astonishing pace.  It seems many people online are...

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Almost all swing coaches out there would say that barring the front arm to start the forward swing is bad.  When you ask them why, they explain something like, "the bat will never square up"  or "you'll get bat drag." I find this funny because actually just the opposite is true.  By having a barred front arm to start the forward swing, the barrel enters the zone much earlier and stays square longer.  Babe Ruth did it.  Ken Griffey Jr. did it.  Their swings were the most beautiful because they were the most effective. Here is Babe Ruth, in my opinion the most underrated...

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 The often-forgotten element of Michael Jordan's quest to be a Major League Baseball player was his unfortunate assignment to the most controversial hitting coach of the time, Walt Hriniak.  Hriniak had just been squeezed out of the Boston Red Sox organization because more and more of the front office personal were getting fed up with Hriniak meddling with the younger hitters.  While some players endorsed Hriniak, it seemed more were skeptical.  The decline of Jim Rice, Rich Gedman, and Mike Greenwell under his tutelage, started to give Hriniak a shrinking following, and more and more if you had in a bat in your hands,...

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